Canada has a perfect day in qualifying at ISU World Cup Short Track in the Netherlands

Dordrecht, Netherlands, October 6, 2017 – Members of Canada's short track speed skating team who were in action on Friday, on the second and last day of qualifying, all earned spots in the final rounds of the 1000m and relay events at the ISU World Cup held until Sunday in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

Including the results from Thursday's qualification rounds in the 500m and 1500m events, Canada has therefore clinched 19 spots out of a possible 20 for the final rounds of the four events scheduled this weekend.

On Friday, Kim Boutin from Sherbrooke, QC, Valérie Maltais from Saguenay, QC, and Marianne St-Gelais from Saint-Félicien, QC, on the women's team, as well as Charle Cournoyer from Boucherville, QC, Samuel Girard from Ferland-et-Boilleau, QC, and Charles Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, on the men's side, all qualified for the 1000m quarterfinals to be held on Sunday. The men's and women's relay teams, for their part, gave Canada a spot in Saturday's relay semifinals.

In the two individual events scheduled on Saturday, Boutin, Girard, Charles Hamelin and Jamie Macdonald from Fort St. James, B.C., will compete in the 500m quarterfinals as well as in the 1500m semifinals, while Maltais and Cournoyer will skate in the 1500m final rounds and St-Gelais, in the 500m event.

In Friday's relays races, Boutin, Macdonald, St-Gelais and Kasandra Bradette from Saint-Félicien, QC, allowed Canada to qualify for the women's semifinals, set to take place on Saturday. So did the men's relay, as all six members of the Canadian team skated in at least one of the two races, also including Pascal Dion from Montreal, QC, François Hamelin from Sainte-Julie, QC, and Steven Dubois from Lachenaie, QC.

Dubois then made his career debut on the World Cup circuit.

“It was really stressful,” said Dubois. “That was my first race at the international level in a World Cup. I've skated at the World Junior Championships but it's really not the same. The skaters here are all solid, especially that these races are part of the Olympic selection process. It was a great experience and I loved it.”

More details are available on Speed Skating Canada's website at www.speedskating.ca.

TODAY’S CANADIAN RESULTS

1000m W
Kim Boutin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Valérie Maltais: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Marianne St-Gelais: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday

1000m M
Samuel Girard: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Charles Hamelin: 1st in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday
Charle Cournoyer: 2nd in the heats and will take part in the quarterfinals Sunday

Relay W
Canada: 1st in the quarterfinals and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
(Kim Boutin, Kasandra Bradette, Jamie Macdonald, Marianne St-Gelais)

Relay M
Canada: 1st in the quarterfinals and will take part in the semifinals Saturday
(Samuel Girard, Charles Hamelin, François Hamelin, Steven Dubois, Charle Cournoyer, Pascal Dion)

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Speed Skating Canada would like to thank its sponsors:

Premium partner: Intact Insurance
Funding partners: Government of Canada (Sport Canada), Own The Podium, Canadian Olympic Committee
Official On-Ice High Performance Apparel: Li-Ning
Long Track Team Sponsor: KIA
Official Suppliers: Auclair, USANA
Official Technical Equipment Supplier: Nagano Skate
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